Many people consider the winter to be the off-season for fishing. And while, yes, less people fish in the winter, that doesn’t mean it’s not an opportune time to hit the open water.
Here are some things to keep in mind:
This one is a no-brainer. If you’re going out to fish in the winter, you must keep in mind that you’ll likely be out there for hours in cold temperatures. That means that your clothing better match the occasion. Make sure you dress in layers and stay dry. The minute you let the cold in, it won’t get out which could make or break your fishing experience.
While we understand that fishing is often enjoyed in solitude, fishing in the winter is a different story. You face different threats of cold and ice in those winter months, and so having a companion is often recommended for anyone going out regardless of experience. That way, in case anything happens, you’ll be better prepared.
This one is very important. A life jacket should be essential if you’re planning to fish in the winter, due to any accidents or emergencies. Even if you don’t think you could ever possibly fall into the ice-cold water, it’s better to be safe than sorry. Plus, it’ll keep you a little warmer too!
And finally, a word of advice: know your limit. If you’re experiencing pain from the cold, or it’s getting dark out, pack up your things for the day. You don’t want to overextend yourself and enter a situation you might regret later.
If you’re planning on doing some fishing this winter, be sure to keep these safety tips in mind and enjoy yourself. Don’t forget, Slater’s Jigs is your one stop crappie fishing shop.